"I Do not Feel Different": Child Celebrates Hand Transplantation
American boy Zion Harvey celebrated a year of the success of his transplantation of the hands, being able to carry out several activities normally. Zion was only 2 years old when he had to amputate his hands and feet because of a serious infection. In the same period, he also had to have one of his mother's kidneys, which contributed to the adaptation of the new hand.
"I was not always like this." When I was two, I had to take both my hands because I was sick. the boy in an interview with channel KYW, affiliate of the network CNN. During childhood, Zion needed to adapt and deal with difficulties, relearning to eat and even play video games without needing help.
However, the boy had a dream that one day he could hold his younger sister and play football, so the idea of opting for surgery comes up. In his legs, he continues to use prosthetics.
In July 2015, the 8-year-old boy became the youngest person to receive a double-handed transplant. The procedure performed at the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, USA, counted on 40 doctors and lasted more than 10 hours.
Soon after the surgical success, the doctors assured that the hands would follow its growth. The boy was extremely pleased with the result: "I feel very happy with my new hands and I do not feel any different from the other children."
Zion is now able to play football and play with friends without difficulty. "I can not eat it, I do not know what they think, but I think it's incredible." Now, I can throw the ball farther than when I did not have my hands. the hands the dream of the boy was to return to play American football - foto: divulga
"I do not feel different from the other children ?, comments Zion - foto: divulga
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